- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Arizona woman has pleaded guilty to heroin trafficking charges in New Mexico and is facing up to 20 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Fabiola Soriano-Tlapanco, of Phoenix, entered into a plea agreement Friday.

Soriano Tlapanco and a co-defendant were arrested in May.

A criminal complaint charged the two with conspiracy and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Federal drug agents say they found almost four kilograms of heroin concealed in the suspects’ baggage at an Albuquerque bus station on May 16.

Soriano-Tlapanco says she and the co-defendant were paid to transport heroin from Arizona to Colorado when they were stopped by law enforcement officers while traveling through Albuquerque.

Soriano-Tlapanco remains in federal custody pending her sentencing hearing, which hasn’t been scheduled.



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